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One nearly free alternative to buying an Apple TV
Authored by: metafeather on Oct 24, '07 09:19:18AM
I've been doing this for quite a while with a G5 iMac and it works very well, as well as being girlfriend friendly.

For remote control I found it easier to get a second Bluetooth Mightly Mouse so as to have right-click access to menus and the scroll wheel - OS X will support multiple mice and so one sits on the coffe table and the other next to the machine.

For software I have used iVideo ( $20 ) as:

1. it will import any movie file Quicktime supports (inc Divx, Ogg, etc), including off an external hard-disk

2. You can set which screen and which Player to launch the file with

3. Using keywords its easy to mark what you have/havent watched as well as add other info (DVDRip, TV Show, etc). Also has ratings, comments fields etc.

4. Create playlists (inc Smart playlists) - "5 star, unwatched, TV Shows" gives you your own TV channel :)

I'm very happy with it as it was around before iTunes supported video, however there has not been much development activity for quite a while.

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